This bar is and performance art venue is housed in Helio's former location. Avant Garden has a unique ability to be all things to all people. Housed in a 102-year-old converted Victorian on lower Westheimer, the spaces are small but varied. There's a front porch/patio, a large back patio that's particularly lovely at night under the canopy of lights, and a yellow-walled upstairs space. The main bar area is also full of nooks for studious focus or deep conversation. Something creative happens almost every night, from jazz night to ferocious DJs to live bands, poetry slams, art openings, belly dancing, improv comedy and much, much more. We've even attended several groovy fashion shows designed by Coronation Vintage's Dawn Bell.
Sunday night at 10 p.m., it's Argentine tango time, and it's probably the only spot to enjoy a male belly dancer performing.